Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Jan 2012 11:25 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This rumour is not new, nor is it particularly earth-shattering. However, with Windows Phone 7 failing to make a dent in the market place, and Nokia's Lumia 800 not making huge waves either, the rumour's been taken out of the shed again: Microsoft is supposedly acquiring Nokia's smartphone division later this year. Stephen Elop will resign from Nokia shortly afterwards.
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I know quite a few guys owning an N900, and they say it's quite a nice gadget for a geek, but the are totally pissed that nokia dropped Software support almost immediately after they bought it (and that was well before the WP7-deal). No one of them (and also me) would ever trust Nokia again in developing an own platform and providing support on a long run.

Yep, that's me. I love my N900, and I'm going to miss it when it dies, but as glowing as the reviews have been for the N9 I can't justify buying one. It was bad enough when they muddied the waters with the shift in focus from Maemo to Meego, but then to place a death sentence on its successor in favor of Windows Phone? Why would I drop more than $600 on a device that might not maintain developer interest for more than 6 months?

Part of what made me love the N900 so much is that it was mine. No carrier to lock me down, force garbage upon me, or make me wait for progress (I can't even buy an unlocked version of the Galaxy Nexus in Canada, unless I want to pay $700+ to some sketchy retailer or get it imported with what will likely be ridiculous shipping/duty). It also had operating system that was provided with a do-what-you-like attitude (and some pretty cool things were done in the developer community, which is sadly fracturing in the Maemo/Meego/Tizen/Mer/WP7 shakeup).

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Developers' interest will remain for N9 and other Mer compatible devices for way more than 6 months. I trust community efforts more than any companies who betrayed Maemo, Meego and etc.

Edited 2012-01-06 15:48 UTC

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